Percussion Institute

The 2022 MPulse Percussion Institute is a one-week program that exposes students to fundamentals and strategies for musical and technical growth with Michigan’s expert percussion faculty. During this week, students will have lessons, classes, and projects centered around percussion, marimba, timpani, drum set, and percussion ensemble. Additionally, we will talk about Broadway, improvisation, and how to prepare for college auditions.

The 2022 MPulse Percussion Institute will resume in-person instruction on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus! The institute will be held at the U-M’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance facilities located on the University of Michigan’s North Campus.

NOTE: Students participating in MPulse 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Full details on the MPulse COVID-19 vaccination policy.

(UPDATED 4/4/22) NOTE: Students participating in MPulse 2022 will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. View the updated MPulse COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Institution Dates: June 26, 2022 – July 2, 2022
Institute Tuition: *$1,700

*Tuition for the MPulse Percussion Institute covers all instructional classes and events as well as room and board.

Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2022
Priority Admissions Notification: March 21, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 15, 2022*
Non-Priority Admissions Notification: Rolling 

*Please note – The final application deadline for this summer is April 15, 2022, for students who missed the Priority Deadline.  Students who submitted their materials by the March 1 priority deadline will be reviewed and considered first.   Submissions received after the priority deadline but before (or on) April 15, 2022, will be reviewed for consideration if openings remain.

Doug Perkins headshotDOUG PERKINS
Associate Professor of Music
and Director of Percussion Studies

Doug Perkins is a percussionist, producer, and conductor declared a “percussion virtuoso” by the New York Times. He has appeared at venues of all types including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to the Alaskan Tundra. Perkins premiered over 100 works and with such composers as David Lang, Paul Lansky, John Luther Adams, Tristan Perich, Christian Wolff, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Steve Reich. He founded So Percussion, the Meehan/ Perkins Duo, and performs regularly with Ensemble Signal, among others. Perkins’ acclaimed recordings can be heard on the Bridge, Cantaloupe, Harmonia Mundi, New Focus, New World, and Nonesuch labels.

Perkins is Associate Professor of Percussion/ Director of Percussion at the University of Michigan. He previously taught at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Dartmouth College, and was Director of the Chosen Vale International Percussion Seminar and endorses Black Swamp Percussion, Pearl/ Adams, Remo, Vic Firth, and Zildjian instruments, sticks, and mallets.

Ian Antonio headshotIAN ANTONIO
Assistant Professor of Percussion

Percussionist Ian Antonio’s breadth of experience – concertizing across four continents with a wide variety of chamber ensembles, orchestras, experimental rock bands, avant-garde theatre companies, and as a soloist, conductor, and educator – has led him to develop a unique sound and approach to both performing and teaching. Ian is a co-director of the Wet Ink Ensemble, a collective of composers, performers and improvisers dedicated to adventurous music-making. He is also a member of the percussion ensemble Talujon and a former founding member of the piano percussion quartet Yarn/Wire and Zs. His playing is frequently featured at prestigious venues across the globe, including Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Edinburgh International Festival, Barbican Centre, and Shanghai Symphony Hall. Ian’s recorded performances can be heard on over 50 albums released by the Nonesuch, Carrier, Kairos, Warp, Tzadik, and Unseen Worlds record labels, among many others.

Lecturer of Winds and Percussion

Tom Sherwood joined the percussion section of the Cleveland Orchestra in September 2015. He previously served as principal percussion of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1999-2015. A native of Fairfax, Virginia, his musical career began at a young age when he discovered his father’s old drum set packed away in the garage. He graduated with a bachelor of music degree in percussion performance from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, where he was a student of Tom Siwe and was the youngest recipient of the Edgard Varese Memorial Scholarship. He subsequently earned a master of music degree from Temple University, studying with Alan Abel. Prior to joining the Atlanta Symphony, he was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami for three seasons. For the past 10 years, Sherwood has also been regularly performing at the Grand Teton Music Festival. He can be heard on over 25 recordings with the ASO and the New World Symphony on the Telarc, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and ASO Media labels.

*Sample Schedule – MPulse Percussion Institute

*A final schedule for the 2022 MPulse Percussion Institute will be sent to accepted participants in April 2022.

The MPulse Percussion Institute is open to students entering grades 9 (nine) through 12 (twelve) in Fall of 2022

Audition Video

Upload a video containing the following items:

  • One snare drum solo or etude (rudimental or solo)
  • One solo of your choice (timpani, marimba, drum set, congas, etc.)


  • Upload one color headshot.
  • Headshots should be recent, clear, and against a neutral background.
  • Headshots should be front-facing and from the neck up.
  • Headshots do not need to be professionally taken and should resemble a Driver’s License/Passport Photo.

Recommendation Letter
Applicants should submit one teacher evaluation (artistic teacher or mentor(s) preferred), academic teacher, or non-relative who can speak directly to the student’s academic aptitude, potential, and classroom performance. A recommendation is required for this institute.

Students should send this form to their recommender to fill out or the recommender may download the recommendation form here. Please have your recommender email their recommendation letter to smtd-mpulserecs@umich.eduRecommendations are due by March 1, 2022, for priority applicants. Non-priority applicants should have their recommender submit their recommendations as soon as possible for consideration with your application.

Recommendation may be made via the form below or by free-form letter.

Download Recommendation Form

Merit Awards
A limited number of scholarships are available for extremely talented students based on Faculty discretion. Consideration for these scholarships is automatic for applications received by the priority deadline.

Need-Based Awards
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to families with an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $100,000 or under in the previous calendar year, or with special circumstances due to the pandemic. To be considered you must upload your financial aid materials by the application deadline as part of your application. This includes:

  • Monthly Expenses
  • Previous Year’s Tax Return
  • Statement of Need

*Watson Scholarship
In the spirit of the life of a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School (1942) and Michigan physician, the Watson A. Young Scholarship promotes academic excellence and college aspiration among students with financial need. These need-based scholarships support middle and high school students’ participation in summer opportunities at U-M that seek to develop students’ interests and abilities in academic disciplines and expose students to the experiences and possibilities provided by higher education.

Apply for the Watson Scholarship

*Application open to Michigan residents only.

MPulse Summer Performing Arts Institutes
Office of Engagement & Outreach-Youth & Adult Programs
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Stearns Building │ 2005 Baits Drive │ Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Phone: (734) 936-2660

updated February 8, 2022